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Development and Testing of Behavioral Health Quality Measures for Health Plans: Final Report

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

https://aspe.hhs.gov/basic-report/development-and-testing-behavioral-health-quality-measures-health-plans-final-report

A federal effort to develop and test measures for screening people with serious mental illnesses or alcohol/drug dependence.  From the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2017

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Children,Crime/Justice,Education,Education-Higher,Headlines,Statistics

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018036.pdf

Covers 23 indicators such as violent deaths, bullying, weapons, fights, victimization, presence of security officers, school conditions, discipline and use of alcohol/drugs by students.  Covers nearly 750,000 reported victimizations.  From the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2016

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db294.pdf

In 2016 there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the U.S.  This report updates trends in such deaths, describes demographic and geographic patterns, and identifies shifts in the types of drugs involved.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Prescription Opioids: Medicare Needs to Expand Oversight Efforts to Reduce the Risk of Harm

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687629.pdf

Examines federal oversight of Medicare beneficiaries who receive opioid prescriptions under Part D and oversight of providers who prescribe opioids.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

The Opioid Epidemic and Federal Efforts to Address It: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Federal State Relations,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44987.pdf

Includes sections on opioid abuse and supply issues, federal agencies and programs that address opioid abuse, recent legislation, and state policies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists and InfoDocket.

 

Presidential Memorandum: Combatting the National Drug Demand and Opioid Crisis

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,China,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mexico

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/26/presidential-memorandum-heads-executive-departments-and-agencies

Describes the loss of life and other damage caused by addictive drugs and calls upon the Secretary of Health and Human Services to declare a Public Health Emergency.  Cites rise in opioid prescriptions, heroin from Mexico, and fentanyl from China as major culprits.  From the White House

 

Characteristics of Homeless Individuals Using Emergency Department Services in 2014

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Housing/Homelessness,Medicare/Medicaid,Mental Health

https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb229-Homeless-ED-Visits-2014.pdf

Presents patient characteristics, insurance coverage or noncoverage, and a clinical profile of emergency department visits by homeless individuals in eight states.  Also describes the leading conditions suffered by homeless individuals who are admitted or treated-and-released.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Antidepressant Use Among Persons Aged 12 and Over: United States, 2011-2014

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db283.pdf

Provides the most recent estimates of antidepressant use in the U.S., including prevalence of use by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and length of use.  Also covers trends in use from 1999-2002 to 2011-2014.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

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